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This composer is bringing drag into the concert hall

 A man with shoulder length hair looks at the camera. The background is of the plains, with a red-orange sunset across the sky.
Sam Wisman
Composer Stacy Busch.

When drag and classical music intersect, it allows for artistic and gender expression that redefines both artforms. This week on Sound Currents, embrace the world of drag with guest Stacy Busch.

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Stacy Busch, composer

Selections from "It's For Us - The Drag Queen Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon"
by Stacy Busch
Lee Hartman with the Mid America Freedom Band; Tajma Stetson - clarinet, Mrs. Jones - Bassoon

Coronation of the (Drag) Queen
by Aaryn S. Ricucci-Hill
Aaryn S. Ricucci-Hill - fixed media

Cabaret Songs, Vol. 2
No. 4. The Actor
No. 5. Oh, Close the Curtain
No. 6. George
by William Bolcom
William Bolcom - piano, Joan Morris - mezzo-soprano

Selections from "RuPaul's Drag Race Allstars - Season 2 - Alyssa vs. Phi Phi"
by Jessie Lause
Gabrielle Razafinjavtovo - mezzo-soprano, Paul Wolf - tenor, Adam Ewing - baritone, Keith Teepen - piano

"Deh Placatevi"/"Don't Give Up" Medley
by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Peter Gabriel, arr. by Nico Muhly
Anthony Roth Costanzo, Justin Vivian Bond - vocals

Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at
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